Los Angeles, CA— The Clippers have won 11 consecutive games against the Magic, a streak that goes back to the 2013-14 season.
After starting off the game slow the Los Angeles Clippers (23-16) used the next three quarters to defeat the Orlando Magic 106-96 on Sunday night. In a matinee game in front of the Staples Center crowd the Clippers were not effective in the first quarter and it was a struggle.
For a team that was 12-6 on its home floor, Los Angeles started the game off sluggish and Orlando took full advantage of it. They shot 7-26 from the field in the quarter and Orlando was able to neutralize Los Angeles’s leading scorer (Tobias) Harris who is amongst the top first quarter scorers in the league and holding him scoreless 0-6 from the field.
Los Angeles trailed 28-18 after the first.
The rest of the way was all Clippers. The Magic were able to make a run one and pulled even at 72 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the 4th on Terrance Ross' three free throws, then the Clippers attacked Orlando and went on a 17-2 run to take an 89-74 lead with 6:37 remaining.
They outscored the Magic in the final three quarters and were a +20 for the game.
"In all seriousness, I settle in and just take the pressure off myself with the missed shots and just focus on the team," Harris said after his first quarter struggle. He finished with a game-high 28 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
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Lou Williams who scored 17 points said after the game:
"I thought defensively we were playing well (early), but offensively we weren't making shots, but when you (are a player that scores) you can't allow that to bother you and I think that showed. I think that tonight we had high attempts and probably had low field-goal percentages but we just continued to play and continued to show up."
Danillo Gallinari and Rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander both chipped in with 13. Marcin Gortat who had his best game as a Clipper in the previous game against Phoenix on Friday with a double-double finished with 8 points and a 10 rebounds (team-high).
They only turned the ball over seven times for the game.
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The Orlando Magic (17-22) blew a double-digit first-half lead for the second consecutive game when they fell at Minnesota on Friday night.
"I'll be honest, without watching the film, and I'm not really like this, but we missed a bunch of wide-open shots," Magic coach Steve Clifford said. "I think there were drives in the lane that we have to make to beat a team as good as they are while on the road. Our spot-up 3s, they don't go in the basket and it made us hesitant."
They shot 29% from three (9-31) and 37% from the field (33-89).
Nikola Vucevic had a big game with 16 points and 24 rebounds. Aaron Gordon added 17 points, and D.J. Augistine and Evan Fournier each had 12. The Magic have lost two straight and 7 of 10,
The Magic travel to face the Sacramento Kings on Monday 1/7.
Clippers Next Game: Tuesday 1/8 vs Charlotte @ 7:30 PT.